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» New Findings on Acetaminophen and Pregnancy
» Can Your Mental Workload Affect Your Muscles?
» Unsafe Drinking Water: Millions of Americans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals

New Findings on Acetaminophen and Pregnancy  
During pregnancy, it's all about the healthy development of the mother and child. There is a host of medical providers and practitioners who focus on prenatal care through vitamins, check-ups, and health tips – including what to avoid.  It's no longer news that alcohol and tobacco are among the substances to avoid during pregnancy, but a new study suggests that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in certain painkillers, may be added to that list.  Last month, a new study was published in JAMA Pediatrics that explored the relationship between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and childhood behavioral problems. These findings concluded that while further investigations are needed to clarify the relationship between the pain medication and abnormal fetal neurodevelopment, children appear to be more at-risk of developing behavioral problems if the mother took acetaminophen while pregnant.  No matter the drug, healthcare providers suggest using the lowest effective dose or avoiding pain medications whenever possible during pregnancy.  It is very common for women to experience pains during pregnancy. In fact, 50 percent or more of women experience back pain while pregnant. Physical and hormonal changes can cause pain leading to stress and anxiety – both of which can negatively impact both the mother and the baby.  But with new research suggesting that pain medications may lead to potentially serious side effects for fetal neurodevelopment, mothers may wonder what to do about their pain. Fortunately, doctors of chiropractic have a solution.  Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle, and effective method of treating soft tissue and joint pains that arise during pregnancy. And as chiropractic treatment focuses on the source of pain rather than masking symptoms, doctors of chiropractic are important members of a pregnant mother's healthcare team to support her overall well-being both before and after childbirth.

Source:JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(10):964-970. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1775
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Can Your Mental Workload Affect Your Muscles?  

It's no secret that hard manual labor can have an effect on the body. But a new study suggests there may be a connection between musculoskeletal disorders and mental workload, too.  How does mental stress affect our bodies? Research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics investigated bank workers' mental workload against pain throughout nine different musculoskeletal regions. The results demonstrated that the more subjective mental workload the employees experienced, the higher their musculoskeletal pain, particularly in the neck and back. Over time, we are beginning to understand the relationship between mental stress and musculoskeletal pain. Last year, a similar study was conducted on hospital nurses, revealing similar results, suggesting that increased mental stress leads to increased musculoskeletal pains.  For doctors of chiropractic, this research highlights a philosophy that chiropractic care has always embraced: the importance of holistic care. Exceptional and effective chiropractic care relies on a comprehensive approach that sees the body as a complete entity. Through a multifaceted approach including physical therapy, spinal manipulation, massage, nutrition, and more, chiropractic care helps individuals manage both their pain and their lifestyle to improve and eliminate discomfort from the source. Particularly for those with mentally stressful jobs, good posture can be easy to forget about, for instance. Emphasis and instruction on proper techniques and form for employees who stand or sit at a computer for long periods of time is an excellent example of preventing musculoskeletal aches and pains from developing. By taking appropriate breaks and learning tips and methods for minimizing physical and mental stress at work, a doctor of chiropractic can help guide stressed out workers towards a holistic method of resolving their mental and physical fatigue.

Source:J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 Jul-Aug;39(6):420-6.
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Unsafe Drinking Water: Millions of Americans Exposed to Toxic Chemicals  

There are three things humans need to survive: safe food, air and water. Unfortunately, with all of the pollutants in the environment, more and more people are being exposed to unsafe drinking water. A study conducted by Harvard researchers found that substances called PFASs (poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances) are showing up in drinking water. PFASs are used in fabricating commercial and industrial products, as well as aqueous film-forming foams (used in fire fighter training). These toxic chemicals are produced at industrial sites, military and fire rescue training facilities, wastewater treatment plants and airports. Over six million people live close to such facilities and are at risk for exposure. PFASs have been linked to testicular and kidney cancers, obesity, and the disruption of hormones. Because of their small size, toxic chemicals can quickly accumulate in a child’s body. Adults, on the other hand, need to be exposed to higher levels of toxins or exposed for longer periods of time before getting sick. Harvard researchers recently studied over 500 children, aged 13 years. They tested the concentration levels of PFASs, as well as tetanus and diphtheria antibodies. Children exposed to higher PFAS levels had a 25 percent decrease in antibodies. The theory is that PFASs interfere with a child’s immune function and reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. The best option is to purchase and use a quality water filtration system in your home, and maintain and change your filters as recommended. Then, simply pack water with you wherever you go within a PBA-free container. If purchasing bottled water, ensure you safely recycle all your plastic water bottles.

Source:Environmental Health Perspectives, online August 9, 2016.
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